Research Associate-Fixed Term

Location
East Lansing MI
Posted
Jul 20, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Position Summary

The Automated Analysis of Constructed Response (AACR) Research Group (www.msu.edu/~aacr) in the CREATE4STEM Institute at Michigan State University seeks candidates to fill two one-year, 12 month (with possible additional years) Research Associate positions in STEM teaching and learning.  We are an interdisciplinary team of Discipline-Based Education Researchers (DBER) from Biology, Genetics, Chemistry, Engineering, Education, and Statistics who are investigating computerized analysis of students’ writing in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses to model students’ thinking. 

We have received additional NSF funding to expand our collaborations on these projects with STEM education researchers across the country. The selected Research Associate will participate in NSF-funded research projects in collaboration with MSU faculty in the Colleges of Education, Natural Science, and Engineering. Our research group has a strong post-doc researcher mentoring program and an excellent placement record of our researchers.

Applicants should have completed a doctoral degree in a natural science, engineering, or STEM education.  Successful candidates will have a mix of some set of the following skills, which will enable the Research Associates to make unique contributions to the project team: 

  • disciplinary expertise in biology
  • STEM education research
  • curricular and assessment implications of NGSS, particularly argumentation
  • assessment of learning
  • faculty professional development for reformed teaching
  • computational linguistics / natural language processing
  • database management
  • web site development
  • multivariate statistics and computer modeling
  • qualitative research methods
  • experience publishing and presenting research findings

Excellent communication and organizational skills are required.You will be expected to participate in the mentoring of graduate and undergraduate research assistants. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.  The salary is commensurate with education and experience.

A complete application package consists of a cover letter, CV, copy of transcripts, two samples of scholarly writing and names and email addresses of three references. Review of application materials will continue until the position is filled. 

Required Degree

Doctorate -Natural Science, Engineering, or STEM

Minimum Requirements

Applicants should have completed a doctoral degree in a natural science, engineering, or STEM education.

Successful candidates will have a mix of some set of the following skills, which will enable the Research Associates to make unique contributions to the project team: 

  • disciplinary expertise in biology
  • STEM education research
  • curricular and assessment implications of NGSS, particularly argumentation
  • assessment of learning
  • faculty professional development for reformed teaching
  • computational linguistics / natural language processing
  • database management
  • web site development
  • multivariate statistics and computer modeling
  • qualitative research methods
  • experience publishing and presenting research findings

Excellent communication and organizational skills are required.

Desired Qualifications

Candidates should have a strong commitment to undergraduate STEM education and interest in working with a leading group of interdisciplinary STEM educators.

Required Application Materials

Cover letter; CV; copy of transcripts; two samples of scholarly writing; names and email addresses of three references.

Special Instructions

To apply, please go to: https://careers.msu.edu.

Review of applications will begin on 7/20 and the position will remain open until filled.